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Special prosecutor Dan Webb, center, talks to reporters Dec. 9 after a jury found actor Jussie Smollett guilty on five of six charges. Webb’s full report on the initial prosecution, released Monday, documents interviews with state’s attorney Kim Foxx, dozens of employees in her office, Chicago police officers and friends and family members of Smollett. – Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

Report details ‘failure’ in Foxx’s office in handling of first Smollett case

The initial handling of allegations that former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett had staged a fake attack in Chicago represented a “major failure of operations” by the local prosecutor’s office, according to a lawyer who was appointed to review the case.

Supreme Court skeptical of Biden’s workplace vaccine rule

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared skeptical Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-testing requirement on the nation’s large employers. The court also was hearing arguments on a separate vaccine mandate for most health care workers.

Louisiana governor pardons Homer Plessy, of ‘separate but equal’ ruling

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s governor on Wednesday posthumously pardoned Homer Plessy, the Black man whose arrest for refusing to leave a whites-only railroad car in 1892 led to the Supreme Court ruling that cemented “separate but equal” into U.S. law for half a century.

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Court considers whether ‘note’ was a security

Section 2.1 of the Illinois Securities Law is a long list of items that are defined as being a security. Besides the usual suspects (stocks, bonds and “investment contracts”), the statutory lineup includes promissory notes. They actually top the list.

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